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John Deere 400 will not start

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I inherited a John Deere 400 from my grandfather and it has been sitting outside for the last few years. I wish I had known about this but anyway here we are. I want to get the tractor rolling again but I can't get it to start.

The tractor has always had various electrical issues and of course after sitting for a few years they're even worse. As I recall from working with the tractor a few years ago the handle on the right side as you are sitting on the tractor has to be pulled just so in order for the tractor to start. I'm not completely sure what that handle is for as the tractor was used exclusively for pulling and never had a deck. I can't find the owners manual or service manual and the tractor does absolutely nothing when you try to start it.

Where can I start to get the tractor going again? I hate to see it go to waste as I did a lot of work with this tractor when I was younger. Thanks in advance!
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I'll have to pick up a safety switch for it since it's done that forever. Is there anyplace I can see a repair manual online?
Really, for a 30 year old tractor they're still keeping track? I know for older vehicles there are manuals all over the place since the companies don't really support them or make parts anymore. Do they even sell them?

Anyway back to the tractor. I was looking at the handle in question and it looks like there's a spot for a wire or something to be attached to it and a spot for it to run towards the front of the tractor with a pulley right over the engine. I do not, however, see the wire/cord/whatever. Does that need to be attached in order for the tractor to start and could that be causing the no-start situation or would it exclusively be the switch?
I thought that was the case Jay. I guess I'll have to take the body work off to find where that cord went to since it's not connected right now since if the pto is engaged then that would explain it.

James, I wasn't able to locate the manual on that site at all. The only book seems to be the 317 service manual. Is there an author listed? Could you check your link to see if maybe they deleted it or whatever? Thanks for the welcome!
Thank you very much for the direct link! I tried a dozen different searches but kept coming up with completely irrelevant books. You'd think the very basic "AND" operator or simple quotation marks would work on their search but I guess not. This will come in very useful!
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